Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Wednesday 12th Week in Ordinary Time
Wednesday 12th Week in Ordinary Time
2 Kgs 22:8-13; 23:1-3 / Ps 119:33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 40 / Mt 7:15-20
Reading: 2 Kgs 22:8-13; 23:1-3
At that moment Hilkiah, the high priest, said to Shaphan, the secretary, "I have found the Book of the Law in the House of Yahweh." And he entrusted the Book to Shaphan who read it. Then Shaphan went to the king and said, "We have gathered the money in the House, and this has been turned over to the caretakers of the House to make the repairs." And Shaphan added, "The priest Hilkiah has turned over a book to me." And Shaphan read the book to the king. When the king heard the contents of the book, he tore his clothes and commanded Hilkiah, Ahikam, Achbor, the secretary Shaphan, and Asaiah, his minister, to do the following, "Go and consult Yahweh about the threats in this book which you have found. Consult him for me, for the people and for the whole of Judah, since our fathers did not listen to what this book says nor to its ordinances. This is why the anger of Yahweh is ready to burn against us." The king summoned to his side all the leaders of Judah and Jerusalem. Then he went up to the House of Yahweh followed by all the people of Judah and Jerusalem. The priests with the prophets and all the people went with him, from the youngest to the oldest. When all were gathered, he read to them the book of the Law found in the House of Yahweh. The king stood by the pillar; he made a covenant in the presence of Yahweh, promising to follow him, to keep his commandments and laws, and to respect his ordinances. He promised to keep this covenant according to what was written in the book with all his heart and with all his soul. And all the people promised with him.
Gospel: Mt 7: 15 - 20
Beware of false prophets: they come to you in sheep's clothing but inside they are wild wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Do you ever pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree always produces good fruit, a rotten tree produces bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit and a rotten tree cannot bear good fruit. Any tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown in the fire. So you will know them by their fruit.
By the laws of nature, a mango comes from a mango tree. If we start having bananas from mango trees, we should be alarmed! It goes against the law of nature. That is why in order to know what kind of tree it is, we have to wait for the kind of fruit it will bear when it matures. It is the same with people. You cannot possibly like the fruit but hate the tree because the fruit comes from the tree. They are one. If there are people you admire, or people you respect and are inspired with, you will also appreciate his background, his family, his formation and his "tree." Therefore as Christians, we should be good fruits for we are the living testament of our faith. Similarly when we cause scandal, we hurt the family or community where we belong because people will associate the scandal with the family or the community. That is why we have to be careful to be signs and not to be scandals. We have to learn in humility that we are not capable of producing any good fruit on our own. Jesus Christ is the tree in whom we are grafted that makes it possible for all for us to bear any useful fruit. We should recognize that we are useless servants without him, and be grateful that it was Christ who clothed us with his dignity. This dignity gives us the honor or status that we enjoy as his friends. Let us always pray to the Holy Spirit to help us produce the good fruit the world needs to see.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
... for families who are in need of healing.
... for world peace and reconciliation.
... for the birthday intentions of Dra. Estrella Go-Co, James Sy
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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